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Studio Tenn’s “Talks” Are Terrific

The local, beloved regional theatre may be closed until February, 2021, but you can still catch Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy's ongoing "Talks" series with major theater, film and musical artists.

Sunday evenings have gotten a lot better thanks to Studio Tenn. In this bleak era where physically going to the theater is non-existent, the beloved regional theatre based in Franklin has responded with a terrific virtual series called Studio Tenn "Talks." If you're a theater-lover, performing artist, or kid aspiring to be in theater and performance, head to Studio Tenn's Facebook live at 7 p.m. on Sundays for a real treat.
    For the past 10 weeks, Studio Tenn has presented this series of virtual chats. Episodes have included  Susan Egan (originator of the role of "Belle" in the first production of "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway), Adam Pascal (originator of the role of "Roger" in the first Broadway production of "Rent"), Norm Lewis (best known for his triumphs in "Porgy and Bess" and "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and much more), and many other noted artists which you can watch from the "Talks" page. Coming up on Episode 11 (Sunday, July 5) viewers can experience Ken Page (originator of the role of "Ken" in the first Broadway production of "Ain't Misbehaving" and much more) and on Episode 12 (July 12), non other than Victor Garber (prolific award-winning actor of stage and screen and originator of the role of "Anthony" in the first Broadway production of "Sweeney Todd"). 
    Only recently New York City's Broadway League announced that all Broadway shows will be canceled until January 3, 2021. This leaves many performing artists available to participate in this type of programming; major kudos to Studio Tenn for orchestrating these Sunday evening events for the Middle Tennessee community.

COVID-19 has made it extremely difficult for the Middle Tennessee arts community to move forward. Studio Tenn has announced that as a result of COVID-19, they will postpone the launch of their next season until February, 2021, furloughing the staff effective July 13. Learn more about the decision on the Studio Tenn homepage

To assure that Studio Tenn goes on, and as a way of giving back to them for all that they have brought to our community artistically, consider giving a donation to "The Show Will Go On" fundraiser of any amount here.



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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.